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Portside Whitsunday
Certificate of Excellence
australia
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Beautiful Portside”
Reviewed 2 September 2007

Booked into Portside Airlie Beach for one week and couldnt resist staying for two.
From the moment we walked into reception we felt so welcome.We were personally taken to our apartment by Sheryn and made to feel right at home.
The accomodation was luxurious and very spacious. Our apartment was well equiped and spotlessly clean. It really had a wonderful feel about it.
The surrounding gardens and pool area are well maintained and comfortable to relax in.
Sheryn and Phil Blundstone and the friendly staff made our holiday a hassle free experience.Sheryn booked our cruises and tours at reception and was very informative and helpful.
The views from our apartment were spectacular,( blue waters, blue horizon ) and although construction for " Port of Airlie" was just across the road, the noise was no concern or problem.
With the backpackers next door no longer operating , this resort offered peace and tranquility.
Couldnt resist the dreamy afternoons on our private balcony with a glass of red watching the yachts drifting by in the distance.
What a magical holiday.
Would recommend a stay at " Portside" for all that visit Airlie Beach.

  • Liked — loved everything
  • Disliked — not staying longer
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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Melbourne
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 August 2007

My partner and I stayed at Portside recently.

Whilst the apartments were comfortable and modern, we found them certainly not in the 'luxury apartments' category, as stated on other reviews.

We opted for an upstairs apartment and paid the extra per night for the balcony and spa, which was worthwhile. The pool was in a pleasant setting.

We found the managers, quite inhospitable and quite disinterested in our needs. They just couldn't be bothered and it was too hard to even give us a smile and ask if everything was ok. We have always found when staying elsewhere, that our luggage is taken care of, and delivered to our rooms. Not so at Portside. Here it meant dragging it up several flights of stairs ourselves. Great start and end to a holiday!

The noise level in the apartment (especially at night), was shocking. We had to sleep with the glass doors securely closed to try and shut out the traffic noise - which didn't work anyway! Needless to say, we were both sleep-deprived after our stay there.

A marina 'in- the-making' is happening opposite Portside, which added to the unpleasant view - and noise.

Everywhere you looked in the apartment there were rules and regulations - eg. notice left by the kettle in kitchen, - "Our staff are not paid to wash your dishes or empty your rubbish. If you do not leave apartment in an acceptable standard, you will pay
$ ...... Do not operate the air conditioning with the windows open, etc, etc, etc,etc."

This, coming from a so-called 'luxury' apartment, whom one would presume would attract selected patrons, was most off-putting, and greatly dampened our time spent there.

Added to this, the air conditioning is programmed to only work once the temperature reaches 25 degrees.

We have stayed in a vast amount of similar styles of accommodation in Australia, and have yet to come across all these typed 'rules and regulations", including the meanest one - regarding the air conditioning, pre-set to work from only 25 degrees!

Nice apartment - and good being able to walk to shops, but that is about all I can say on the positive side about Portside.

My advice ....If staying in Airlie - try somewhere else!

  • Liked — Nothing
  • Disliked — Noise level
  • Stayed August 2007, travelled as a couple
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4 Thank getaroundboy
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Melbourne
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2007

Me and my partner have just come back from a week at Airlie beach. We stayed at Portside, which we couldn't fault. The apartments are beautifully furnished and very comfortable. The pool area is surounded by lovely gardens and is very peaceful. The complex is relatively small but the apartments are very spacious and well equipped. The staff really made our holiday, they are all so friendly and helpful and gave great advice on trips and places to eat.

Portside is in a great location, its close to the shops and restaurants and you haven't got to trek up the very steep hill like some of the other apartments! We found it very quiet (and we we're on the ground floor), you can hear the road slightly but it didn't bother us.

We're both well travelled and would say that Portside is one of the best places we've ever stayed (we went to Hayman Island for the day and would much rather stay at Portside). We had a lovely relaxing week and would definitely stay there again.

  • Liked — Spacious and well furnished apartments
  • Stayed March 2007, travelled as a couple
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13 Thank haylcb1
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Canberra, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
818 reviews
139 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 849 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2007

Chose the Portside after reading Tripadvisor and booking through our travel agent who got a very good deal - 5 nights for the price of 4.

The standard of decor was excellent and the apartments were conveniently located within an easy walk to restaurants and shops. The pool was in a beautiful setting.

However there were a few problems. We arrived at about 7.30pm and were probably allocated the last apartment. It was at the front, near the road and next to the backpackers' hostel. The noise from the road at night was unbearable and after 5 nights we were badly deprived of sleep.

There were 2 of us and we'd booked and paid for a 2 bedroomed apartment - one bedroom each. We discovered, late on the first evening that the second bedroom had been locked and we learned later that it was assumed that we didn't "need" it.

On one morning our smoke alarm went off whilst we were making (not burning) toast. I reported the problem to the manageress to no avail as it happened each day after that. We eventually stopped making toast.

Although Portside is a nice property I'd avoid the front apartment next to the backpackers. The other problems we encountered were probably due to the inexperience of the stand in manageress, but nevertheless it didn't leave us with a good impression.

  • Liked — Nice decor
  • Disliked — sleep deprivation
  • Stayed September 2006, travelled as a couple
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9 Thank Canberra_Traveller
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Scotland
Level 2 Contributor
3 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2007

Portside Whitsunday apartments don't do themselves justice in their advertising. The apartments are beautiful, spacious, spotless and well thought out. The whole experience of staying at Portside for our trip to the Whitsunday Coast and the Barrier Reef was the highlight of our holiday to Australia. Sheryn and Phil were so friendly and helpful and manage the apartments impecibly. Our family of 5 stayed comfortably in a 2 bedroomed apartment and we paid the small extra charge to get our own roof top balcony with Whirlpool Spa tub, BBQ, Loungers and dining area. Well worth the $25 dollars a night extra and would advise anyone to take advantage of this as the views are lovely and chilling out at night with a BBQ and dip in the tub with a glass of wine in the warm air was amazing. For anyone wanting to see and snorkel the Reef but not wanting the 2 1/2 hour boat trip ( seas were rough when we were there ) we thoroughly recommend the AIr Whitsunday 'Reef Adventure' 3 hour trip. A little bit more expensive than the boat trip but worth every penny! Sea plane takes you for aerial views of the reef including a fly over Heart Reef, a small group of up to 20 people snorkelling on the reef from a private glass bottomed boat, cheese, biscuits and champagne and then your flight back to the airstrip. All an unforgettable experience that was utterly amazing. Airlie itself is a small bustling town with many fine places to eat and the great Lagoon for swimming in if it is Stinger season. All in all our trip to Portside Whitsunday and Airlie was better than we could have imagined it would be. Thank you Sheryn and Phil.

  • Liked — The quality and space in the apartments and the warm welcome from the managers
  • Disliked — Nothing really. We knew its location and expected a little noise from the road but it didn't alter our opinion of the property and location
  • Stayed December 2006, travelled with family
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8 Thank Shelties
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Greater Adelaide, Australia
Level 6 Contributor
128 reviews
47 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2007

Our family of 4 stayed at the Portside Apartments for three days after a week on a charter yacht sailing the Whitsundays. This was our third trip to the area.The two bedroom, two bathroom apartment was clean and attractively decorated- it included an upstairs patio area with jacuzzi. The kitchen was well supplied with appliances and utensils and the property is in an excellent position - a few minutes walk from Airlies main shopping area. The apartments are situated along the busy Shute Harbour road, so if the windows were open in the lower level apartments,then some traffic noise could be experienced, however we had the airconditioning on while we were in the rooms, so the windows remained closed! The property has small, but pleasant gardens and a nice pool with a BBQ and chairs/loungers.The management team were always polite, helpful and efficient - the best we have experienced in this area.

Aside from buying provisions and a walk around the lagoon and boardwalk, I consider that Airlie itself has not much to offer, apart from being a jumping off point for the Whitsunday Islands, and as we used it, a wind down after an enjoyable, but sometimes hectic, sailing holiday! There are many bars/cheap shops, travel booking agents and backpacker type accomodations along the main street and early morning walks can offer interesting (and revolting) evidence of the previous night's revelry!

  • Liked — Quality, location and cleanliness of apartment
  • Stayed January 2007, travelled with family
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4 Thank Adelaidian10001
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Scotland Uk
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
27 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2006

We stayed here for two days while waiting for our whitsunday sailing trip. Great apartment, well kitted out, clean and spacious. There are lifts for those located in the upper appartments. These apartments had the bonus of the great location, they are sited on the end of the main street and very close to all the bars, shops and restaurants. The more important thing is that the walk to town is a flat walk as many of the other apartments are sited on a steep hill which would be a bit of a task several times a day. The pool and pool area were well maintained with pool towels being available free from the reception. The only slight drawback was the apartments close vicinity to the road which meant the pool area and apartment suffered from some road noise at times. Whitsundays cruises, for those willing to pay the money for a little bit of luxury I would thoroughly recommend Pacific Sunrise, great yacht, crew, food and ambience. An unbeatable experience. The highlight of our Oz trip.

  • Liked — Location, size and facilities
  • Disliked — Close vicinity to main road
  • Stayed October 2006, travelled as a couple
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2 Thank Fifi01
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Property: Portside Whitsunday
Address: 406 Shute Harbour Rd, Airlie Beach, Queensland 4802, Australia
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Region: Australia > Queensland > Airlie Beach
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Kitchenette Shuttle Bus service Spa Suites Swimming Pool Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
Ranked #12 of 54 Speciality Lodging in Airlie Beach
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:4 star — Portside Whitsunday 4*
Number of rooms: 19
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Portside Whitsunday is situated across from the New 5 star Port of Airlie Beach Marina site and consists of 1, 2, 3 & 4 bedroom and penthouse apartments. All Master bedrooms have LCD tvs. Private Jacuzzi apartments on request. Experience ultimate 4.5* Luxury and relaxation from your spacious balcony with views over the Port of Airlie, out to the Coral Sea and Whitsunday Islands. Only 100m level stroll to beach, shops & restaurants Onsite facilities include Heated Pool,BBQ facilities, Tour Desk, free wifi & free undercover parking. ... more   less 
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